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These are our favorite running shorts hands-down, especially if you plan on bringing your phone with you on a run. Sure, the shorts are lightweight, breathable, comfortable, and look nice, but the kicker with the UA Speedpockets is the Speedpocket. It’s a pouch built into the waistband where the drawstring normally is (drawstring has been shifted off to the side). What’s great about this is that the elastic waistband keeps the phone tight against your body and therefore when you run you hardly notice that you have your phone at all. It’s pretty brilliant. On the downside, they’re expensive running shorts and they might be a little long for some runners, as they have 9″ inseam.
The Lululemon Speed Short 7″ are fantastic running shorts for speed work. They also happen to be perfect for folks that like really short running shorts. The 7″ inseam isn’t our style, but many runners prefer that fit. The Speed Shorts have LuLulemon’s Swift Ultra fabric which dries quickly and is flexible/breathable. They’re a streamlined running short, but they do have a rear zipper pocket as well as a pocket on the side for your phone, although it’s not great for holding your phone during a run—you’ll probably still end up phone-in-hand or using an armband. In true Lulu fashion, the Speed Shorts are expensive at nearly $70.
The Brooks 7″ Sherpa 2-in-1 shorts are basically the gold-standard for running shorts. They are comfortable and have clever, sensible features for running, including side pouches/pockets, a built-in liner with a small pocket, and a rear zipper pocket. Not much more a runner needs. You can store keys in the back pocket, credit cards in the liner one, and GU in the hip pouch. They also happen to be breathable, dry pretty quickly. We have an ultra-marathoner buddy that loves these shorts. Smart man. Price point varies, but they are expensive as well.